Liverpool boss Rodgers: 'I think £10million will prove to be a bargain for Emre'

Martin Tyler

Liverpool boss Rodgers: ‘I think £10million will prove to be a bargain for Emre’ [divider]

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo that he believe Emre Can will prove to be a bargain despite his £10 million price tag

Rodgers expects Can’s value to double as has happened with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.

Can joined Liverpool in the summer from Bayer Leverkusen. The 21-year-old has been used primarily as a centre back despite being signed as a midfielder.

The Germany U20 international fitted the brief from owners Fenway Sports Group to invest in young players with high potentials rather than signing the finished article.

“I think £10million will prove to be a bargain for Emre,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

“That’s the nature of the model here. We look to bring in players who we can develop.

“Look at Daniel Sturridge. We bought him for £12million. What would Daniel be worth now?

“Philippe Coutinho, £8million, what’s his value? What would Raheem Sterling be worth?

“They come into a real coaching environment here and it’s my job to make them better players. That’s all you can do as a coach and a manager and then the performances will follow.”

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Can is expected to start for Liverpool in defence on the right side of a back three in the Mersyside derby against their rivals Everton.

The Reds currently sit in seventh place and have won five of their last six games in the league.